The Brand Radar
The Brand Radar: From Luke Skywalker to Land Rover… A deep dive into LEGO’s selective, effective approach to licensing
Start Licensing’s Ian Downes looks at LEGO’s innovative approach to working with brands, be it youngsters with DUPLO or AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) through advanced sets.
The Brand Radar: Mr Men & Little Miss, Comic Relief and the thriving world of charity collaborations
Start Licensing’s Ian Downes looks at the ever-tightening relationship between the charity space and the licensing industry.
The Brand Radar: Costa Coffee, Rolo and food brand experiences
Sparked by a Valentine’s Day partnership between Costa and Rolo, Start Licensing’s Ian Downes looks at how food brands reach new consumers.
The Brand Radar: Isle of Man Post Office, David Bowie and how music IP thrives in specialist areas
Start Licensing’s Ian Downes looks at how the Isle of Man Post Office’s recent range of David Bowie stamps cements the notion that authenticity is key when it comes to brand extension success.
The Brand Radar: From The Repair Shop: The Christmas Doll to The BBC Puzzle Book, a look at the creativity of licensed publishing
Inspired by the Booksellers Association’s Christmas Books catalogue, Start Licensing’s Ian Downes puts licensed publishing in the spotlight.
The Brand Radar: Rampley & Co, The Ashmolean Museum and story-led licensing in the heritage sector
Start Licensing’s Ian Downes looks at how Rampley & Co’s new line of Ashmolean pocket squares highlights the heritage sector’s appetite to tell their stories through trend-led collaborations.
The Brand Radar: The Snowman, Winkworth Arboretum and fresh approaches to ‘live licensing’
Start Licensing’s Ian Downes looks at the world of experiential brand extensions, from art trails and charity walks to light shows and concerts.
The Brand Radar: A closer look at how brands help brewers stand out
Start Licensing’s Ian Downes looks at how brewers like Glamorgan Brewing Company, Northern Monk and Hook Norton have embraced brand partnerships as a means of standing out in a competitive sector.
The Brand Radar: Fandom takes centre stage as licensed – and unofficial – ranges fly at MCM Comic Con
Start Licensing’s Ian Downes looks at how a show-specific approach might be the way forward for brands looking to tackle ‘unofficial’ product at MCM Comic Con.
The Brand Radar: RNLI, Finisterre and how licensing supports fundraising
Start Licensing’s Ian Downes looks at how the RNLI is finding fresh sources of fundraising through innovative licensing partnerships across apparel, booze and toys.